Seasonal programs up and running

I have mentioned that this summer is the season of changes at the Stettler Public Library. Well, our last change is up and running and ready to be used. Our new book drop is now operational. The chute is built into the wall to the left hand side of the main Recreation Centre doors. We have one request of you with this new book drop. When you are returning books, please do not return them tied up in a plastic bag. Please put the books and materials into the book drop one at a time. We have discovered that packages of books have been put into the book drop and that leads to the chute getting jammed. Thank you for your cooperation.

This is your last chance to see the art of the Heartland Youth Centre’s Paint-It-Kids. Their incredibly wonderful art display will be leaving the Stettler Public Library at the end of the week. But you can still catch it at Stettler’s Art Walk next week. Their art teacher, Vivian Bennett, has a couple of her fabulous paintings on display here at the library.

July is the month in which all of our summer programming begins. Stephanie and Jordan will be leading an expedition to “Destination: Jungle” starting on July 5. There are two age groups: Grades 1 to 3 and Grades 4 to 6 and they will meet at the Library Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Grades 1 to 3 include children who have completed kindergarten and they will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Grades 4 to 6 will gather at the Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There is a nominal fee of $20 per child for the summer to cover craft supplies or a drop-in fee of $1 per time. We are now taking registrations. For further information you can visit our website at http://spl.prl.ab.ca or e-mail Stephanie at summersteph@libs.prl.ab.ca.

Children ages 5 and under are not being forgotten this summer. Alicia will be running two programs that start the week of July 5. Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m is Read and Rhyme. Rhymes and play in a circle is a great way for little people and their big people to spend an hour. On Fridays, Alicia will be hosting Bambinos and Botanicals at 10:30 a.m. The children will have fun gardening, listening to stories and rhymes with some play time thrown in. This is an opportunity for children to learn where their food comes from. There is no cost for these programs and registration is not necessary.

Shaunzy will be expanding the teen program this summer. Drop in for Monday through Thursday for activities, games, special visits and the odd learning experience.

E-audiobooks are available for your listening enjoyment with your membership at the Stettler Public Library. Thanks to Parkland Regional Library, thousands of e-audiobooks are available to be checked out and downloaded to your computer, iPod and MP3 player. Handouts are available at the front desk on how to access this collection or contact Crystal at astassistant@libs.prl.ab.ca for a digital copy of the instructions.

The Stettler Public Library has taken the next step into the world of electronics. Thanks to a donation from the Stettler Kinettes, the library will have a Sony Reader available for the public to try out. It has not arrived yet but you will be the first to know when it does. We have also ordered 25 e-books that you will be able to sign out like any print book. The e-books are not available yet but we wanted you to know that we have purchased them. Watch this column for updates on this exciting development.

Rain barrels are still available for purchase at the Stettler Public Library. They are only $60 each and they go quickly so visit the Library soon. Plus with all the rain we have been getting lately, you don’t want to be caught without a rain barrel.